Formula One fans intrigued as Lewis Hamilton keeps mum on social media

first_imgLewis Hamilton’s social media content or perhaps the lack of it right now has sent the Formula One fans talking ahead of the new season in a few months time.Hamilton was criticised for his activity on Instagram on Christmas, where he commented about his young nephew wearing a pink dress.”Boys don’t wear princess dresses,” the Briton had said, in a video on Instagram that he apologised for and took down the next day.After that, the Mercedes driver wiped clean his prolific Twitter and Instagram accounts and hasn’t tweeted or done anything so far this year.WATCHHamilton removed most of the content and photographs from his feeds, giving no explanation for what was interpreted by many as an emotional response to the criticism. Even on New Year’s Day and his 33rd birthday on January 7, he didn’t put up anything.Hamilton has more of a profile than any other F1 driver, boasting 5.7 million followers on Instagram and 5.26 million on Twitter, who are kept up to speed about his celebrity lifestyle and fashion tastes.Formula One’s owners Liberty Media, who took over last year, have adopted a “fan first” approach with social media a major plank in their strategyMcLaren executive director Zak Brown said the sport needed Hamilton’s engagement.”Obviously the amount of feedback looks like it’s upset him, to the point where he’s said well then I won’t do anything,” Brown told Reuters at the Autosport International show on Thursday.”That’s a shame for all the racing fans who love Lewis and want to know what he’s up to. Hopefully that situation will settle down.advertisement”We want to hear what Lewis is up to and he has the biggest following. So if he pulls off social media, that would be a loss for everyone.”Mercedes have made no official comment on the reasons for Hamilton’s actions, although a team source said it was “just a bit of hygiene” to wipe the slate clean for a fresh start this season.An adviser to Hamilton also had no comment, telling the BBC that “taking a break” from social media during the holiday period was not newsworthy.While the season starts in Australia in March, January is a quiet time in Formula One when engagement on social media helps maintain the sport’s profile.”I think it’s unfortunate how quickly people jump on him (Hamilton),” said Brown of a driver who won his first title with McLaren in 2008.”I bet the majority of those people (critics), if they were sitting in front of Lewis, would still want to get his autograph.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: AC Milan formally announce signing of Lucas Paqueta

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: AC Milan formally announce signing of Lucas Paquetaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan have formally announced the signing of Lucas Paqueta from Flamego.The Brazilian’s move has been settled for some time, with a €35m deal agreed back in October.On Thursday the Rossoneri have deposited his contract with the Lega Serie A, meaning he’s now officially eligible to play for them.Paqueta could make his debut in the Supercoppa Italiana against Juventus, which will be held in Suadi Arabia on January 16. last_img read more

12 hours agoNapoli icon Maradona ‘always believed in Mertens’

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli icon Maradona ‘always believed in Mertens’by Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli icon Diego Maradona has long been a fan of Dries Mertens, it has been revealed.Mertens’ two goals in the Champions League 3-2 victory at RB Salzburg, took him to 116 goals with Napoli – one more than Maradona.The Belgian now has his sights set on Marek Hamsik’s all-time club record of 121 goals.“Diego has always been a supporter of Mertens and believed in him, even when the Belgian wasn’t playing very much,” Maradona’s representative Stefano Ceci told Radio Kiss Kiss.“I remember full well after Arkadiusz Milik’s injury that Diego said Napoli already had the replacement in-house with a real phenomenon called Mertens.” last_img read more

NGT refuses to modify order directing DCB to give Rs 20 cr

first_imgNEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has refused to modify its order by which it asked the Delhi Cantonment Board to contribute Rs 20 crore for clearing garbage dumps at Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla landfill sites.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said there is no ground to modify the July 17 order, however, it added that the cantonment board is free to talk to the Chief Secretary for “any other appropriate arrangement”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe green panel said the amount of contribution required from Delhi Cantonment Board may not be proportionate to its garbage generation, but such direction was being issued due to practical considerations and suggestion of the Chief Secretary. “Thus, even though liability of DCB may only be for Okhla dumpsite where garbage from Cantonment is dumped, it is appropriate that the DCB contributes such amount to the huge cost of removing garbage for better air quality of Delhi which is affected by other dumpsites also,” the bench said in a recent order. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe bench further observed that improvement of air quality will be for the benefit of all residents of Delhi, including the residents of Delhi Cantonment area. “We do not find any ground to modify the said order but DCB is free to interact with the Chief Secretary for any other appropriate arrangement,” the bench said. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by DCB seeking a modification of its order directing it to contribute Rs 10 crore, Rs 5 crore and Rs 5 crore respectively towards the cost of clearing garbage dumps at Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla in Delhi to control pollution.last_img read more

Opinion Cincinnati Reds should trade Aroldis Chapman before its too late

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman celebrates the final out in the 9th inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park in Miami on July 31. The Reds won, 3-1. Credit: Courtesy of TNSA good closer is a luxury for non-contending teams.Although the 2015 season has just begun, the Cincinnati Reds must seriously consider trading Aroldis Chapman.The flame-throwing left-hander has been a mainstay in the Reds’ bullpen since his major league debut in 2010. Featuring a fastball that routinely reaches the triple digits and a crippling slider, Chapman has established himself as one of the premier late-inning guys in MLB, perhaps only surpassed by Craig Kimbrel, formerly of the Atlanta Braves.Despite the incredible success he’s sustained in Cincinnati, including three All-Star appearances, the Reds must look to move Chapman quickly if they plan on contending in the near future. The Sunday trade between the Braves and San Diego Padres, which moved the equally unhittable Kimbrel to San Diego, should serve as an impetus to get a deal done.Despite his reputation as the best closer in the game, Atlanta could only recoup a modest return for Kimbrel. The Braves had to lower their asking price in order to get the Padres to pick up Melvin Upton Jr.’s massive contract.If the Reds were to try to deal Chapman, their return, in a vacuum, would likely be a little less than what Kimbrel would have fetched. But since this is the MLB, and not a vacuum, the Reds are positioned to reap a bounty.Any one of the teams expected to contend this season would be thrilled to have Chapman’s services, and most would be willing to part with one or two premium prospects in order to get a deal done.With the best closer in the game already on the move, the market has shrunk.  The demand for a dominant stopper like Chapman will not be higher than it is right now.The Reds must move quickly while they have leverage.  Though it would be disappointing for many Cincinnati fans to see the team selling pieces so early in the season, that disappointment would turn into optimism when they see the bounty the Reds obtained in return.Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Aroldis Chapman pitches right handed, when in fact, he throws left handed. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State adds Musa Jallow eligible to play 201718 season

Incoming freshman guard Musa Jallow has signed with Ohio State and will be eligible to play in the 2017-18 season, the school announced Wednesday. A team spokesman confirmed Jallow will join the program in late August when the rest of the student body arrives at school.Originally a prospect scheduled to begin college after graduating high school in 2018, Jallow committed to Ohio State July 7 with the intention of reclassifying and becoming eligible to play in the upcoming season.“Musa is a physical, athletic, versatile player and defender,” coach Chris Holtmann said in a statement. “He possesses a high motor, intelligence and a college ready body despite his young age. We are excited about his arrival here in the fall and his continued development throughout his career here.”The Buckeyes now have 11 scholarship players, including fellow freshmen forwards Kaleb Wesson and Kyle Young, another late addition to Ohio State.The 6-foot-5, 200-pound shooting guard is the No. 120 overall player in the 2017 recruiting cycle and the eighth-best player from his home state of Indiana. His late addition to Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class improved it to the No. 1 class in the conference, according to 247Sports. read more

Valverde insists Coutinho  must fight for starting spot

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde insists Philippe Coutinho remains a great player but must fight for his place in the club’s starting lineup.Coutinho started a domestic match for the first time since the first week of December last year and scored from the penalty spot as a much-changed Barcelona side lost 2-1 at Levante in the first leg of their Copa del Rey tie on Thursday night.The former Liverpool Man’s goal gave the Copa Del Rey holders reason for optimism ahead of the second leg next week, having fallen two goals within the first 20 minutes of the first half.Ousmane Dembele also played the entire duration of the game like Coutinho and Valverde insists he was satisfied with both players while encouraging them to press for continued opportunities.“When Dembele wasn’t playing, everyone was asking me about him,” Valverde told reporters, according to FourFourTwo.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Now Dembele’s playing and Coutinho isn’t and the reverse is happening. When you do not play and you are not happy, you have to fight to change the situation. Today was a match for that.”“Coutinho is a great player who has given us a lot and will give us a lot. I will say the same about Dembele. It’s a repetitive question with interchangeable names.”Valverde also defended his team selection, after leaving out Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba, saying:“I picked the best team I thought we could pick.”“It served us to evaluate players in some tough moments, like in a LaLiga game. I know it’s a risk, but you have to take risks a lot of the time.”last_img read more

Average gas price in San Diego hits lowest price since April

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped one-tenth of a cent Saturday to $3.585, its lowest amount since April.The average price has dropped eight of the past nine days, decreasing 2.7 cents, including four-tenths of a cent on Friday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.The average price is 1.6 cents less than a week ago and 5.2 cents lower than one month ago, but 60.6 cents more than one year ago. It has risen 46.3 cents since the start of the year.“Southern California refineries are producing at near-record levels while investors are worried about reduced demand, which led to a futures sell- off last week and a drop in wholesale prices,” said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.“This drop, combined with a significant worldwide downturn in oil prices this week, could mean continued price reductions at the pump in coming weeks.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Average gas price in San Diego hits lowest price since April KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 18, 2018last_img read more

SmokeFree Workplace Bill At A Stand Still

first_imgSenator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) is the sponsor of the bill: “The Rules Chair (LeDoux) suggested in an interview that she is waiting for some negotiation, and I will just tell you that I don’t trade. I don’t look at legislation that way, legislation needs to stand on it’s own and if it has support it should go to the floor.” The bill creates exceptions for retail tobacco or e-cigarette stores and for legally operating marijuana businesses, provided they meet certain requirements. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-smokefree-workplace-bill.mp3VmJennifer-on-smokefree-workplace-bill.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senate Bill 63, the Smokefree Workplace bill, is currently in the House Rules committee. It has passed the Senate and over half of the House has signed on as cosponsors, but one lawmaker is standing in the way of that bill moving any further. State Representative Gabrielle LeDoux chairs the House Rules Committee and decides which bills make it to the floor. She has halted moving the bill, which overwhelmingly passed the Senate last year and enjoys widespread support in the House — half the body’s 40 members have signed as co-sponsors.center_img But LeDoux told reporters last month that the state should not be “cramming down the throats” of municipalities a program they may not want. A similar measure failed in 2016 after clearing the Senate, dying in a different committee that LeDoux then chaired. SB 63 would “[prohibit] smoking in certain places,” covering most workplaces where there is one or more employee.last_img read more

July Employment Sees 05 Percent Increase From Last Year

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska is slowly emerging from it’s longest (but not deepest) recession. The state saw another increase in employment by an estimated 0.5 percent in July, or 1,800 jobs, from July 2018. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent while the comparable national rate remained at 3.7 percent. Alaska had 400 more federal jobs and 300 more state government jobs than in July of last year, with much of the growth coming from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, the federal Bureau of Land Management and other agencies responding to a busy fire season. Job growth was widespread in Alaska’s private sector. Construction added the largest number of jobs over the year by 600, followed by oil and gas by 500.center_img Local government employment was flat, according to a release from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Manufacturing, which is mostly seafood processing, also gained jobs of nearly 300.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 13 Car Stolen Guns Found Large Tree Branch

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, June 13, 2018:A gray 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor struck a pole at Middlesex Avenue and High Street. No injuries noted. Vehicle towed. RMLD notified. (6:15am)Dog Park was temporarily closed allow DPW to work in it. Animal Control Officer on standby. (7:28am)Animal Control Officer held raccoon escape from dumpster on Main Street. (11:07am)A resident reported a larceny from her apartment earlier in the morning. (2:59pm)A CareOne Manager requested officer take a report of an allegation made by a resident. (4:07pm)Police received report of multiple kids fighting in the grass area by Ristuccia Arena. Fight was broke up. (4:19pm)A resident recently purchased a home and just found a collection of shotguns/riffles. She does not feel comfortable handling them and asked they be removed. (6:05pm)A walk-in party reported her white 2011 Honda CRV from Metro at Wilmington Station on Burlington Avenue. Police entered vehicle into NCIC. A BOLO was put out. Gloucester Police located vehicle at their hospital, unattended. (8:36pm)A juvenile caller reported an argument with his stepfather regarding a video game. Police responded. (10:15pm)A Woburn Street caller reported her mailbox was struck by a vehicle 3 minutes ago. Police unable to locate. (10:27pm)A large tree branch fell on top of a  vehicle at Nichols Street and Fairmeadow Road. Vehicle towed. Road temporarily closed. DPW notified. (10:36pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 6: Women Fighting Or Just Watching The Bruins?; Package Stolen From Porch; Coyote SightingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Missing CMD of SIS Sunil Kakkad Arrested in Liberia

first_imgChairman and managing director of Ahmedabad-based Sai InfoSystems (SIS), Sunil S. Kakkad, who was missing since last year was found and arrested in Liberia by the crime branch. He was brought to Ahmedabad on Monday.Kakkad suddenly disappeared with his family on 28 June 2013, leaving 1,400 employees in the lurch, after the company faced a sudden financial downfall in August 2012. SIS was unable to pay proper salary to its employees and also failed to repay its creditors, despite having booked an order of over ₹ 2,500 crore.The State Bank of India (SBI), which had lent over ₹1,000 crore to the company, published a public notice in dailies after Kakkad disappeared, warning people not to deal with SIS, according to the Hindu. It stated that the CMD of SIS was not contactable and reported to be missing.The employees of SIS also filed a petition on change.org, stating that Kakkad has resigned from his post leaving 1,400 employees with their family without salary.”We have come to know that Kakkad had sent his resignation through email. However, it is not valid any more. After that, even the CEO and the VPs have disappeared. Now, even other management officials have switched off their mobile phones,” an employee explained.Additionally, former SIS CEO, Naveen Bhasin wrote a letter to the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, seeking help for those 1,400 displaced employees. In the letter, Bhasin said that the firm was a profit making organization as per the audited Balance Sheet for the last three FYs. According to the balance sheet of 2012-13, the company with ₹140 crore of profit appeared bankrupt within three months of operations.He claimed that the Directors of the company, Auditors and Financial consultants were responsible for this. He asked the CM to run a proper investigation through Economic Offences and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and not just the local police, as there was a possibility of a scam.SIS had emerged as one of the fastest growing IT companies in Gujarat, but was in cash crunch since 2012. According to Hindu, Kakkad and SIS had mortgaged 14 properties including eight in Gujarat. It swindled several banks and borrowed ₹ 1,035 crore as loan from seven lenders. However, the company failed to pay salary to its employees for nine months, last year.The ₹2,000 crore firm founded in 1992 also diversified into Hardware Manufacturing, Software Development, System Integration and Telecom Serviceslast_img read more

Indias ecommerce to generate 25 lakh jobs in 2016 Assocham

first_imgBurgeoning e-commerce industry in India is likely to generate 2.5 lakh jobs this year, according to an Assocham report, which added that fresh hiring in the sector may see an increase by 60-65 percent. A majority of the e-commerce firms has reported a multi-fold increase in their turnover over the last year, though mainly driven by huge discounts offered by them.”E-commerce industry is likely to generate nearly 2.5 lakhs jobs in the online retail in 2016, including temporary employees, supply chain, logistics, ancillary units etc.,” Press Trust of India reported citing the Assocham report.Currently, the industry employs nearly 3.5 lakh people.”The hiring activities are expected to grow by over 60-65 percent in this sector and may help create between 5-8 lakh employment opportunities in two to three years,” Assocham secretary general D S Rawat said.Mobile-commerce, or m-commerce, which currently occupies only 20-25 percent of the country’s e-commerce market, is expected to grow rapidly as businesses look to gain more market share.Last month, Assocham had said that the domestic e-commerce market is estimated to grow by 67% to $38 billion (Rs 2.51 lakh crore) in 2016 from over $23 billion (Rs 1.52 lakh crore) last year, boosted by a rise in Internet and mobile users.India’s e-commerce market was worth about $3.8 billion in 2009. It increased to $17 billion in 2014 and to $23 billion in 2015.”The rapid transformation in logistics, innovation, consumerism and productivity prove to be an interesting case study for other emerging economies,” Rawat said.last_img read more

Road crashes take four lives in 2 dists

first_imgFour people, including two college students, were killed and 31 others injured in two separate road accidents in Chittagong and Bagerhat on Tuesday, reports UNB.In Chittagong, three 3rd year students of Quaish Burishchar Sheikh Mohammad City Corporation College received severe injuries after a speedy truck knocked down them when the trio was waiting for vehicle in front of their college around 6: 30pm.Later, they were taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) where — Arefa Abedin Khan and Nilai Sarkar — succumbed to their injuries around 7:00pm, said sub-inspector Jahirul Islam, in-charge of CMCH police camp.Police seized the bus and arrested the driver.In Bagerhat, two people, including a woman, were killed and 30 others injured after a passenger carrying bus plunged into a roadside ditch of Bakultala on Bagerhat-Pirojpur road in Kachua upazila at noon.Officer-in-charge of Kachua police station Rabiul Kabir said the bus fell into the ditch after the driver lost his control as the vehicle was overloaded, leaving two of the passengers, including Manira Begum, dead on the spot and 30 others injured.On information, two units of fire fighters from Bagerhat Fire Service and Civil Defense station appeared at the spot rescued the injured passengers in association with the locals, said Masud Hossain, deputy assistant director of the fire service.last_img read more

Horticultural exposition to begin in Khulna Thursday

first_img–A three-phase horticultural exposition is set to begin on Thursday with a view to enriching farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs with the knowledge of latest agricultural technologies, innovation and environment friendly practices.The exposition will be held in three phases in three different districts – Khulna, Jhenaidha and Jessore.Crosswalk Communications is organising the fairs with the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department of Agricultural Extension(DAE). ACI Agribusinesses is the title sponsor of this event.The first phase will be held in Dumuria Shadhinota field of Khulna from 1 to 2 March, the second phase from 5 to 6 March in Kalicharan Union Parishad field of Kaliganj in Jhenaidah and the last phase in Taora Primary school field of Godkhali in Jessore from 9 to 11 March.The fair will remain open for all from 10:00am to 7:00pm. Cultural Show by local artists and a raffle draw will be held for the visitors.“We have scarcity of land, so we need to know the best use of agri-land and utilise proper technology and techniques for maximum production. The fair will help our farmers and entrepreneurs to learn the importance of agri-technology and how new innovation can increase productivity of land and ensure optimum outputs,” said ACI Agribusinesses managing director & CEO FH Ansarey.The organisers expect that the farmers while visiting the fair would know about the best use and practice of agro machineries, fertilizers, seeds and other inputs in agriculture.last_img read more

Flood condition worsens in northern districts

first_imgFlood control embankment along the Atrai river in Naogaon’s Manda upazila broke down flooding 22 villages. Photo: Prothom Alo.The overall flood situation in Kurigram, Bogura, Sherpur and Sirajganj districts continued to deteriorate while floodwater started receding in Rangamati and Moulvibazar, reports UNB.In Kurigram, the Brahmaputra and Dharla rivers kept flowing more than 1 metre above the danger level on Wednesday, inundating new areas.One-and-half-year-old child Fuad, son of Sumon Mia of Kazirchawk area of Ulipur upazila, drowned in floodwater in the afternoon.With this, at least 11 deaths have so far been reported from the district in the last three days with the rising water leaving nearly 400,000 people marooned.The Brahmaputra was flowing 131 cm above the danger level at Chilmari point while the Dharla 116 cm above the red mark at the Bridge point, intensifying the woes of the victims.The flood-affected people faced an acute shortage of drinking water, food and fodder. Many were also suffering from water-borne diseases.Hafizur Rahman, acting deputy commissioner of Kurigram district, said the administration has made a fresh allocation of 3 metric tons of rice and Tk 200,000 for the flood victims.In Gaibandha, rail communication of the district with other parts of the country remained suspended since Wednesday noon due to the flood triggered by persistent rain over the past few days.The flood situation has deteriorated in four upazilas of the district and the water of the Brahmaputra was flowing 189 cm above the danger level at noon. Different private and government offices, including DC’s Bungalow, judge home and Police Line areas, went under water.Erosion along the Teesta river in Rangpur’s Kawnia upazila has washed away ancestral homestead of this woman. Photo: Moinul Islam.Railway sources said rail tracks in Badhiakhali went under water snapping rail communications with other parts of the country around 12:00pm.Besides, the vehicular movement stopped on different internal roads as they were submerged by floodwater.An estimated 254,000 families remained marooned by floodwater in the district while 114 shelter centres were opened for the victims, according to information at the district administration.A total of 115 schools in the district town and other upazilas have been declared closed due to the flood.In Bogura, the Jamuna River was flowing 117 cm above the danger level.District relief officer Azahar Ali said so far at least 15 unions of three upazilas have been flooded, inundating 82,380 people of 135 villages.A total of 8,978 hectares of paddy field went under floodwater while 75 educational institutions were shut due to the flood.The district administration distributed 600 metric tons of rice and Tk 800,000 among the flood-hit people.In Sherpur, locals recovered the body of an elderly woman – Asia Begum, 104, wife of Fayez Mia, who remained missing since Sunday night, from Sarikalinagar of Jhenaigati upazila on Tuesday, said duty officer of Jhenaigati police station.So far, three people, including a child, have drowned in floodwater in the past few days.Flood control embankment along the Bhogai river in Nalitabari upazila broke down flooding seven villages anew. The newly flooded villages are Morichpuran, Banskanda, Fakirpara, Kholabhanga, Bhogairpar, Ullarpar and Morichpuran Purbapara.The flood has stranded 30,000 people in 50 villages of the district.In Sirajganj, a 75-metre portion of a ring embankment broke down due to the gushing water of the Jamunar river, flooding seven villages and leaving 700 families marooned in Kazipara upazila.Kazipur upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Zahid Hasan said the embankment collapsed around 10:00pm on Tuesday.In Rangamati, sixteen spillways of the Kaptai dam were opened on Tuesday night to reduce the pressure of water on the lake.A flooded village in Moulvibazar Sadar’s Khalilpur union. Photo: Prothom AloATM Abijur Zaher, manager of Kaptai hydroelectric power plant, said the spillways and four turbines were releasing 33,000 cusec of (cubic feet per second) water to the Karnaphuli river.The spillways are releasing 9,000 cusec of water. Currently, 167 megawatts of electricity is being produced, he said.The current water level in the lake is 14 feet above that of the normal level, he said.Incessant rain and heavy inflow of water from the upstream pushed up the lake’s water level, inundating low-lying areas of four upazilas of the district.Water from the flood-affected areas has started receding after the spillways were opened.In Moulvibazar, the water level of the Monu, Kushiara and Dholai reduced to some extent but still they were flowing above the danger mark.Several hundred villages in Sadar, Rajnagar and Kamalganj upazilas went under water following breach of protection dams of the rivers, affecting about 50,000 families.Besides, houses, roads and croplands were inundated by the floodwater. On the other hand, floodwater has entered the premises of about 50 educational institutions.Water Development Board (WDB) sources said the Monu was flowing 45 cm below danger level at Monu railway bridge point while 84 cm above the danger mark at Chadnighat point on Tuesday night.The Dholai was flowing 44 cm below while Kushiara at Sherpur point of Moulvibazar was flowing 54 centimeter above danger level.Earlier on Monday, Monu river of Moulvibazar was flowing at 76 cm and 97 cm above danger level at the railway bridge point while the Dholai was flowing 9 cm and the Kushiara 54 cm above danger mark at Sherpur.last_img read more

Facebooks Zuckerberg Admits Mistakes Outlines Fixes

first_imgAPFile – In this April 4, 2013 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook is having one of its worst weeks as a publicly traded company with a share sell-off continuing for a second day. Britain’s Commissioner Elizabeth Denham told the BBC that she was investigating Facebook and has asked the company not to pursue its own audit of Cambridge Analytica’s data use. Denham is also pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s servers. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)Breaking more than four days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm.Zuckerberg said Wednesday that Facebook has a “responsibility” to protect its users’ data and if it fails, “we don’t deserve to serve you.”Zuckerberg and Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, have been quiet since news broke Friday that Cambridge Analytica may have used data improperly obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to sway elections.Facebook has already taken the most important steps to prevent such a situation from happening again, Zuckerberg said. For example, in 2014, it reduced access outside apps had to user data. However, some of the measures didn’t take effect until a year later, allowing Cambridge to access the data in the intervening months.Zuckerberg acknowledges that there is more the company needs to do.In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said it will ban developers who don’t agree to an audit. An app’s developer will no longer have access to data from people who haven’t used that app in three months. Data will also be generally limited to user names, profile photos and email, unless the develop signs a contract with Facebook and gets user approval.Earlier Wednesday, an academic who developed the app used by Cambridge Analytica to harvest data said that he had no idea his work would be used in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.Alexandr Kogan, a psychology researcher at Cambridge University, told the BBC that both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have tried to place the blame on him for violating the social media platform’s terms of service, even though Cambridge Analytica ensured him that everything he did was legal.“My view is that I’m being basically used as a scapegoat by both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica,” he said. “Honestly, we thought we were acting perfectly appropriately, we thought we were doing something that was really normal.”Authorities in Britain and the United States are investigating the alleged improper use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based political research firm. Facebook shares have dropped some 9 percent, lopping more than $50 billion off the company’s market value, since the revelations were first published, raising questions about whether social media sites are violating users’ privacy.The head of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, was suspended Tuesday after Britain’s Channel 4 News broadcast hidden camera footage of him suggesting the company could use young women to catch opposition politicians in compromising positions. Footage also showed Nix bragging about the firm’s pivotal role in the Trump campaign.Nix said Cambridge Analytica handled “all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting” for the Trump campaign, and used emails with a “self-destruct timer” to make the firm’s role more difficult to trace.“There’s no evidence, there’s no paper trail, there’s nothing,” he said.In a statement, Cambridge Analytica’s board said Nix’s comments “do not represent the values or operations of the firm, and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation.”Facebook itself is drawing criticism from politicians on both sides of the Atlantic for its alleged failure to protect users’ privacy.Sandy Parakilas, who worked in data protection for Facebook in 2011 and 2012, told a U.K. parliamentary committee Wednesday that the company was vigilant about its network security but lax when it came to protecting users’ data.He said personal data including email addresses and in some cases private messages was allowed to leave Facebook servers with no real controls on how the data was used after that.“The real challenge here is that Facebook was allowing developers to access the data of people who hadn’t explicitly authorized that,” he said, adding that the company had “lost sight” of what developers did with the data.On Tuesday, the chairman of the U.K. parliament’s media committee, Damian Collins, said his group has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data, but company officials “have been misleading to the committee.”The committee summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify. Facebook sidestepped questions on whether Zuckerberg would appear, saying instead that the company is currently focused on conducting its own reviews.Meanwhile, Britain’s information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said she is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s servers. She has also asked Facebook to cease its own audit of Cambridge Analytica’s data use.Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way, adding that data protection laws require services like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data.Leading Democrats in the U.S. Senate also called on Zuckerberg to testify. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Facebook’s latest privacy scandal a “danger signal.” She wants Zuckerberg’s assurances that Facebook is prepared to take the lead on measures to protect user privacy — or Congress may step in.Kogan’s work involved modeling human behavior through social media. In collaboration with Cambridge Analytica, he developed a Facebook-based personality survey called “This Is Your Digital Life” and paid about 200,000 people to take part. As a result, participants unknowingly gave the researchers access to the profiles of their Facebook friends, allowing them to collect data from millions more users.Kogan said Cambridge Analytica approached him to gather Facebook data and provided the legal advice that this was “appropriate.”“One of the great mistakes I did here was I just didn’t ask enough questions,” he said. “I had never done a commercial project; I didn’t really have any reason to doubt their sincerity. That’s certainly something I strongly regret now.”He said the firm paid some $800,000 for the work, but it went to participants in the survey.“My motivation was to get a dataset I could do research on; I have never profited from this in any way personally,” he said. Sharelast_img read more

Scholars suggest China may have reached peak consumption of coal in 2013

first_img Journal information: Nature Geoscience Explore further China’s economy, primary energy and coal consumption (setting 1980 values as 100), and their respective growth rates. Credit: (c) Ye Qi et al. China’s post-coal growth, Nature Geoscience (2016). DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2777 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The amount of coal burned in China has been of significant interest to people both inside and outside of that country because of the resulting pollution. In addition to hazing cities near manufacturing plants, burning coal pumps greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, causing global warming. China’s consumption of coal has dramatically increased over the past decade and a half, growing from 1.36 billion tons consumed in 2000 to 4.24 tons consumed in 2013 as the country has made huge strides in internal development. But the latest Chinese government statistics regarding coal use show that production fell 9.7 percent over the first six months of this year, and 5.8 percent last year—while burning of coal fell 3.7 percent. And now, the authors of this new paper propose that three main factors suggest the recent decline is actually the beginning of a permanent drop: a slowdown in economic growth, a slowdown in coal-intensive industries and government environmental policies.China’s impressive economic growth has been underpinned by use of coal, making up to three-quarters of all energy used at times, but that percentage has been dropping for some time, as petrochemicals and alternative energy sources have become much more widespread. In 2015, just 64.4 percent of energy use came from coal and that share is likely to continue to fall, even as economic activity has continued to grow. The economic slowdown, the authors note, has had a big impact on coal use—as manufacturing slowed, less energy was used. But they also point out that slowdowns are quite common for developing countries—other countries experienced huge economic expansions during formative years, but eventually saw slowdowns that eventually became the norm. They believe this is the case with China today. But just as important are government policies such as setting goals for pollution reduction in some areas, reduced coal use in others and promoting a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Citation: Scholars suggest China may have reached peak consumption of coal in 2013 (2016, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-scholars-china-peak-consumption-coal.htmlcenter_img © 2016 Phys.org More information: Ye Qi et al. China’s post-coal growth, Nature Geoscience (2016). DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2777 (Phys.org)—A small team of scholars has published a Commentary piece in the journal Nature Geoscience suggesting that China has reached peak coal consumption far earlier than most in the field had suggested. In their paper, Ye Qi, Tong Wu, Ye Qi and Jiaqi Lu, with Tsinghua University in China and Nicholas Stern and Fergus Green with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in the U.K., note that the world’s largest consumer of coal has seen a decrease in the amount of coal that was burned in that country over the past two years and suggest that the decrease is likely permanent. China coal consumption drops again: govtlast_img read more

Empowering women to rewrite social norms

first_imgMedha Mukherjee, a young entrepreneur started feministaa.com, with the aim to provide a platform to women and address their issues. She started the project four years back and hasn’t looked back since then. When asked how and why she became an entrepreneur, Medha said, “Entrepreneurial hunger is a desire to change something and create an impact. That craze for changing something will drag you to build anything that drives that change.””A friend and I opened a lemonade shop in our neighborhood when we were just 12. At that point, we were just filling up a need gap in the market. But concurrently the entrepreneur in me was born. Although I worked in a multinational for short time, I was longing to start something of my own,” she added. Why feministaa.com? She replied, “I saw women in my family and around not doing enough to realise their full potential. Their minds were stymied by the pressures of a patriarchal society. As a result, they were conditioned to look for different excuses. But when they saw women from their generation doing well, it started creating a positive impact on them.” Medha, who initially started it as a blog, decided to launch a full-fledged website after she was introduced to ‘word press’. She began to write about all kinds of women and their lives. “Soon I found that my audience wanted to read about women who were achievers, as it inspired them. So I started communicating with famous and successful women; it could be professionals, authors, actors, requesting them to mentor my readers,” mentioned the young entrepreneur. Talking about the challenges she faced during the journey, Medha replied with an example, “The impact of patriarchal superiority was so strong that when I went to Bangalore to pitch for my first investment, I was asked ‘who handles your team’. They couldn’t believe that I, a woman could manage a team.” She always felt the need for a media platform for women and hence decided to work on this project. Now, they will be holding their first event in March in Mumbai, in association with ‘coworks’– a platform which facilitates startups. Medha is happy that finally there is no stopping, funds have come and the website has started making small money too. A known name among young entrepreneur, Medha believes that as long as the purpose for what you are working for is sorted, it is easier to work for yourself than for someone else.last_img read more